Mental Health Pathways in Internet Support Groups

Mental Health Pathways in Internet Support Groups

People facing serious health threats increasingly use Internet health support communities to obtain informational support, emotional support and other resources. This study introduces software algorithms similar to those used by social media sites to put people in touch with helpful information and social interactions. Participants from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Support Network will have access to this online support group using the default interface that orders content by broad content category and date or with a new interface that highlights communication content and people that match users' interests and needs.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Order by time and topic

Behavioral - Order by information relevance

Behavioral - Order by social relationship

Behavioral - Order by help giving

Behavioral - Order by self-disclosure

Internet Support Groups: Identifying and Improving Pathways for Mental Health